The Dukan Diet versus Atkins Diet

The Dukan diet does allow its followers to eat over 100 types of foods. However, this method is executed using the four stages of the diet; attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization. The Atkins diet on the other hand is one based on a high protein intake which will build muscles and help with the metabolizing of fat into energy. The Dukan diet also uses protein rich foods to jump start the body’s metabolism. Both systems can be used to resolve issues of obesity. However, the different methodologies used by each diet system will be carefully evaluated.

The first phase of the Dukan diet is the attack phase. During this stage rapid weight loss is encouraged. Persons are expected to lose 4 to 6 pounds within a week. Losing weight at this rate has caused a lot of controversy. Losing weight at that rate may cause other biological issues to occur. It is best to consult a physician before attempting to lose weight at such a fast pace. The Atkins diet also utilizes four phases in which the first phase is called the induction phase. During this phase, each person is restricted to 20 grams of carbohydrate per day.

The second phase of the Dukan diet is the cruise phase. This stage is structured to allow the dieters to eat a lot of protein rich foods. There are also 28 vegetables that have to be added to the diet. The expected weight loss for this phase is 2 pounds per week. The similar second phase of the Atkins diet is called the ongoing weight loss phase. During this phase, the carbohydrate level is monitored by the dieter to find their ideal carbohydrate level for maintained weight loss. The phase is perused by the dieter until they are within 10 pounds of their target weight. Vegetables are also added to the ongoing weight loss phase.

The third phase of the Dukan diet is the consolidation phase. This is practiced in order to prevent weight gains in the future. Fruits, breads and other starchy foods are gradually reintroduced into the diet. Only two non-diet meals are allowed per week. The Atkins diet on the other hand uses the pre-maintenance phase as their third phase. The carbohydrate intake is further increased by 10 grams. It is at this point that each person should find their critical carbohydrate level for weight loss maintenance. Therefore, the ratio of protein to carbohydrate is gradually reduced.

The fourth phase of the Dukan diet is the stabilization phase. It is at this point that the dieter is allowed more freedom to eat what they want. There are some rules that still have to be followed in order to maintain long term weight loss. The rule is to have at least one day dedicated to eating only protein for the week. The diet also requires dieters to include oat bran in their diet on a daily basis. These are the rules required to maintain weight loss for the rest of the dieter’s life. The fourth phase of the Atkins diet is called the lifetime maintenance phase. This phase basically consist of continuing dieting techniques learnt from following the previous phases.

It is obvious that the Dukan diet is very similar to the Atkins diet. However, the Dukan diet appears to be more restrictive in terms of caloric intake. This diet also requires that goals are met within specific time frames. The Atkins diet on the other hand is less time sensitive and allows for more caloric freedom. This diet is more personally orientated. It is up to the dieter to decide what their critical carbohydrate level is. Both dietary systems have similar lifetime resolution plans for maintaining weight loss effectively. Both diets also are also based of a ketogenic diet.

The initial phases of the Atkins and Dukan diet are based on eating a lot protein while reducing the amount of carbohydrates consumed. Because dieters eat so little carbohydrate, there is less glucose in the blood. Therefore, there is less insulin released into the blood. The insulin will normally help to store glucose as fat in the body. Given that there is less glucose in the blood, the body instead burns body fat to convert into glucose to be used as energy. Even though both systems of diet uses similar methods, the Atkins diet in theory is more gradual and less aggressive. The Dukan diet is still a viable option for those who do not want to stick exclusively to a high protein diet.

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